SEE turtles board of directors

 

Brad Nahill: President & Secretary

Brad has worked in sea turtle conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education for 20 years with organizations including Ocean Conservancy, Rare, Asociacion ANAI (Costa Rica), and the Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia). He is a co-author of the Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles, former chair of the Awards Committee of the International Sea Turtle Society, and has authored several book chapters, blogs, and abstracts on turtle conservation and ecotourism. Brad has a BS in Environmental Economics from Penn State University. Brad co-founded the organization with Wallace J. Nichols in 2008 as a project of Ocean Conservancy.

Jose Urteaga: Treasurer

Jose is a Ph.D. student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) from Stanford University. His research focuses on understanding the factors that hinder and/or enable local communities participation in the sustainable management of coastal marine natural resources, and understanding the effect of conservation interventions. Before coming to Stanford, Jose worked 13 years in sea turtle conservation in Nicaragua with the NGO Fauna & Flora International, a partner of SEE Turtles. In this work, he has been involved in a diverse number initiatives focused in advocacy and community engagement, local community’s sustainable livelihoods, as well as collaborative conservation planning, and management. Jose is currently a member of the IUCN Sea Turtle Specialist Group and was awarded as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2010.    

Mark Willuhn

Over the past 20+ years, Mark has focused on long-term conservation strategies in the US and Latin America through sustainable economic development.  He has used various organizational structures in pursuit of implementing successful models including Sustainable Alliances Inc./Alianza Mesoamericana de Ecoturismo, a 501c3 non-profit corporation where Mark is Executive Director. He has also Managing Partner of Emerald Planet Conservation Consulting & Tours, LLC, a private, for-profit, limited liability corporation; and the Center for Protected Area Management & Training, Colorado State University is a higher education institution. Mark has a Masters of BA from San Francisco State University and a BS in Forestry from Colorado State University.

Cristina Garcia

Cristina began her conservation career researching wolves in Romania with the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project. Other field projects included a black-backed jackal study in Namibia with the Institute of Zoology of London, and monitoring leopards and cheetahs in South Africa with Wildlife Act. She has also worked as a GIS consultant for ESRI Ireland. She co-founded Travel For Wildlife, a website dedicated to responsible wildlife tourism, which has received multiple international awards including Best Responsible Tourism Blog at the World Responsible Tourism Awards and Best Responsible Tourism Award at Cinnamon TBCasia. Cristina has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from Liverpool John Moores University and a MSc in Geographical Information Science from The University of Edinburgh.

Maureen Cunningham

Maureen has worked in conservation for more than two decades. Currently she is Senior Director for Clean Water with Environmental Advocates. Prior to joining EA, Maureen served as Executive Director of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance.  Maureen also worked for Rare in Washington, DC, where she managed social marketing, public use planning and community-based ecotourism programs, first as Director of their UNESCO World Heritage Partnership working in six World Heritage Sites in Latin America and Indonesia and later as Director of Rare Radio in the Caribbean and South Pacific.  Maureen’s academic training includes a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The American University School of International Service.  She is a trained community facilitator, who also speaks Spanish and French.  Since January 2018, she has served as a Town Board Member in Bethlehem, an elected position in a municipality with 35,000 residents outside of Albany. 

Emeritus Board Members

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols: Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences

Dr. Nichols has been a leading ocean conservationist for more than 20 years. He is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, former President of the International Sea Turtle Society, and Eastern Pacific co-chair for the IUCN’s Marine Turtle Specialists Group. He co-founded SEE Turtles in 2008, as well as Ocean Revolution, WiLDCOAST, and the Grupo Tortuguero, an award-winning coalition of fishermen, local residents, and conservationists spanning Mexico’s Pacific coast. Dr. Nichols has a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona, an MEM from Duke University, and BS in Biology from DePauw University. Dr. Nichols is author of New York Times Bestseller Blue Mind and co-author of the Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles.